Almost 1,000 invited guests celebrated Monday the official opening of the ZAL TechCenter, the world’s most up-to-date civilian aviation research facility, in the Hamburg borough of Finkenwerder.
Hamburg’s governing mayor, Olaf Scholz said: “The ZAL TechCenter is a boost to Hamburg’s international research and development profile, well beyond the boundaries of the aviation industry. ZAL is more than an aeronautical research centre. It is a pioneering example of a sustainable and successful concept for cooperation between the commercial and academic sectors.”
Top north German cluster
Aviation research is a driver of a knowledge-based structural change that Hamburg needs, Scholz stressed. Thus, ZAL will promote not only aviation, but the entire city. Hamburg is gaining a top north German cluster and among the leading in Europe. The EU has deemed so-called cluster bridges important and Hamburg has been selected as one of six European model regions for modern cluster policy, Scholz emphasised.